Something annoying about ls -l command is it shows only hour and minute for a file(like 08:30). How can I see the second portion(like 08:30:44)?

man 1 ls and search for 'second' does not give any clue.


Does your version of ls support the --time-style option? If so:

ls -la --time-style=full-iso blah

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 2011-11-08 18:02:08.954092000 -0700 blah
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    Yes, thanks, even on a old Mandrake Linux 10.0 from year 2005. --full-time OK as well. – Jimm Chen Nov 9 '11 at 2:08
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    or "ls -ale" (only this worked for me on an older linux distro) – mBardos Jul 20 '16 at 13:02
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    Mac OSX equivalent: ls -lT – MarkHu Jan 25 '17 at 0:49
  • What is the difference between --time-style=full and --time-style=full-iso? – neverMind9 Jun 10 at 14:51

The more simple way is:

ls --full-time

which is equal to

ls -l --time-style=full-iso

If you want to show entries as hidden files starting with ., add -a:

ls --full-time -a
  • What is the difference between --time-style=full and --time-style=full-iso? – neverMind9 Jun 10 at 14:50

For OS X, it looks like the best you get is:

ls -l -T

From the ls(1) manpage on 10.10.5:

-T When used with the -l (lowercase letter ``ell'') option, display complete time information for the file, including month, day, hour, minute, second, and year.

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    Or like this: ls -lT. – jox Jun 8 '17 at 21:19
  • this also works in Windows/Ubuntu – Michael Jul 22 '17 at 17:11

An alternative to the approved answer - you can use a custom format like in the date command if "--time-style=full-iso" output is too detailed for you:

ls -l --time-style=+"%b %d %Y %H:%M:%S" blah
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 0 Feb 03 2014 01:13:01 blah

Regarding to man ls instructions simply ls -e works fine !

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    Which version of GNU coreutils do you use? With 8.20 I don't have this parameter. – sebix Nov 29 '14 at 11:36
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    Version please :) – hakre Aug 6 '15 at 7:31
  • When using GNU coreutils 8.22 ls there is no -e option. I suspect the version of ls you have is Darwin based. – Elijah Lynn Aug 21 '16 at 11:09
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    BusyBox. Embedded Linuxes. Yes. Try -e if these other (GNU based) flags fail. – Steven Lu Jan 5 '17 at 17:04

For FreeBSD, it would be:

ls -la -D %Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%S

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